As fears continue to spread in the U.S., the government looks to Emergent Biosolutions for help with a Zika vaccine. (Photo: iStock)

As fears of the Zika virus continue to spread across the United States, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority issued a task order for vaccine development through Baltimore’s Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing.

The facility, owned by Gaithersburg, Maryland-based drug developer Emergent Biosolutions, will receive just under $18 million over the next two and a half years to design an effective countermeasure for the virus and mass-produce doses of the vaccine. The order authorized an additional four million dollars to be granted as needed.

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